One of my favorite things to order when we have breakfast out is a light and fluffy Belgian waffle. Surprisingly, though, I have never made them until today. These strawberry Belgian waffles are my first attempt and they are easier than I ever would have dreamed. They were on the table in less than 15 minutes – so it makes this one of my favorite 30 minute meals! I love the large size that my waffle maker has and this makes it perfect for the size that you normally think of for Belgian waffle for breakfast.
These strawberry Belgian waffles are perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch.
Compared to American waffles, true Belgian waffles are larger in size with deeper pockets (perfect for that necessary drizzle of pure maple syrup.) Many recipes for Belgian waffles use yeast instead of baking powder, but that is not necessary. In fact, no single type of waffle is identifed in Belgian as the only true type ~ many varieties exist.
Mum died a few weeks ago and her belongings were shared among my siblings and me. Each of us had some sentimental attachment to items of hers that they treasured. I was, of course, interested in her cooking items, and she had a large sized waffle maker. It comforts me to know that the very first time I have made waffles at home is on my mothers waffle maker!
Start by assembling all your ingredients. Don’t skimp on these. I used a good quality vegetable oil, buttermilk, and pure vanilla extract.
The better the ingredients, the better your waffles will taste, especially for something that is very light in flavor like these. (many of the links in this post lead to Amazon if your grocery store does not have them.)
I started by mixing my dry ingredients and then pulsing the oil, strawberries, buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract. Be sure to create a well in your dry mixture.
In goes the strawberry puréed ingredients and mix it up well. The batter will be quite thick (I keep mine somewhat thick so that it stays together in the waffle maker.)
The next step is to heat up your Belgian waffle maker and add the mix. My recipe makes four waffles and I used about 1/4-1/3 cup for each waffle well.
I sprayed each section of the waffle maker top and bottom with olive oil in my Misto sprayer. It made the inside of the waffle maker a cinch to clean up after the waffles were done.
Tip: Just over 1/4 cup of batter would be perfect. Mine spilled out a little when the waffles were cooking, and while I like them very plump, I did NOT like the mess it made on the side of my waffle maker.
Out they came, perfect, plump and look at the size of those craters! They hold the pure maple syrup beautifully. Can’t wait to try them!
Light, fluffy, and just a hint of the tartness of the buttermilk. The strawberries added a lightly pink color to the inside and some fresh fruity taste too. The size is just perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch. Add some confectioner’s sugar to the top and dig in folks…breakfast morning delight!
I’d say these were pretty much a success. One thing I might do next time is to also have a few finely chopped strawberries as well as the pureed mix to add to the batter for a tiny bit more color.
But the taste? TO DIE FOR. So good. Not too rich, very light…just perfect! Add some fresh fruit and a pretty place setting. This is the weekend folks. Make is special!
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